John Daniel is the author of nine books of memoir, personal essays, and poetry. His new work, The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, published by Counterpoint in April 2009, is a collection of personal essays that explore various subjects in the human and more-than-human worlds, seeking to define his allegiances to his home places and region and the wholeness of life itself.
Daniel has won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Rogue River Journal—an account of a winter in solitude interwoven with memoirs of his father and his own coming of age—as well as two Oregon Book Awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University—and a former logger, hod carrier, railroader, and rock climbing instructor—Daniel lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon. www.johndaniel-author.net
Linda Barnes is always thinking about her next poem and chapbook. An upbeat and inspiring teacher, she is in turn always energized by her writing students and friends. Her only flaw is her reluctance to meet submission deadlines. She's sure she would have won even more acclaim for her poetry if she tried harder. She has been published in Manzanita Quarterly, "Labyrinths," The National Association for Poetry Therapy Anthology, and Rogue River Echoes. Linda has a masters degree in psychology and works as a counselor at Rogue Community College. She coordinates the Southern Oregon Poetry Prize annual contest.
Jayel Gibson - Author of the award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series, Jayel Gibson is also the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. She has been a contributor for Louisiana Parent’s Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, Education and The Father Life. In addition to a full-time writing career, she teaches writing for publication workshops at Southwestern Oregon Community College. http://jayelgibson.com/index.php/home/
Kim T. Griswell is a senior editor for Highlights, Inc. and works with the Highlights Foundation, and Boyds Mills Press. She served as the coordinating editor of Highlights for six years and Highlights High Five for a year. Her work in the children’s literature field has spanned the worlds of publishing and teaching, leading her to positions as senior editor of Bookbag magazine, book development manager for The Mailbox Book Company, a university and community college instructor, and a teacher with the Institute of Children’s Literature. She holds master’s degrees in teaching writing and in literature from Humboldt State University. She has taught writing workshops across the country on such topics as “Focusing Nonfiction”, “Mystery Writing”, “Creating a Sense of Place”, “Writing for Children’s Magazines”, “Nature as Muse”, and “The Hero’s Journey”. A prolific writer and committed editor, Kim has published more than two hundred short stories, articles, and columns. Her books include Carnivorous Plants, Nonfiction Reading Practice (Grade 3), and many stories in the four-book series, Short Short Stories for Reading Aloud. In 2008, Kim was awarded a two-month writing residency at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology in Oregon. www.kimgriswell.com
Diane Hammond, a native New Yorker and author of bestseller Hannah’s Dream, has been an Oregonian since 1984, when she moved to Newport. Its relative isolation, constant winter storms, strong people and harsh beauty struck an immediate and lasting artistic chord, resulting in themes and settings that have resonated in her writing ever since.
Hammond was awarded an Oregon Arts Commission Literary Fellowship while also pursuing a career in public relations and communications for nonprofit organizations. In that capacity she was public relations manager for the brand-new Oregon Coast Aquarium, a job that culminated in the arrival of Keiko, the killer whale star of the hit movie Free Willy. She acted as Keiko’s press secretary first for the aquarium and then for the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation.
Hammond’s first novel, Going to Bend, was published by Random House/Doubleday in 2003, with particular acclaim in the Pacific Northwest, where the book was set. Homesick Creek, her second novel, followed in 2006.
Her third novel, Hannah’s Dream, was released by Harper Perennial in 2008 and selected as a Reader’s Digest condensed book. http://www.dianehammond.com
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Marianne Monson holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. from Vermont College’s Writing for Children program. Her past publication credits include Finding Fairies, and co-compiler of the highly successful Girls Know Best series, both published with Beyond Words Publishing. Her poetry and stories have been published in several children’s magazines, including Highlights. She teaches creative writing at Portland Community College. www.mariannemonson.com
Rebecca Olson received a BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from the Oregon State University, where she is a teacher of composition and an active member of the arts community. She is an associate editor and a member of the editorial collection for CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature By Women. For 33 years, CALYX has been committed to encouraging the creative expression of women artists and authors. Based in Corvallis, Oregon, CALYX Inc. includes both CALYX Journal and CALYX Books. http://www.calyxpress.org
Dennis Powers is the author of nine published nonfiction books, from self-help and the law to relationships and maritime subjects. His tenth book, Tales of the Seven Seas, is to be published in March 2010 (Rowman & Littlefield) and is about the adventures of a charismatic sea captain as he traveled the seas in the days of old. Dennis’s book, The Office Romance (Amacom Books, 1998), was his publisher’s lead book for the year, and he was on an extensive national book tour. He is published in poetry with numerous journal, newspa¬per, web and magazine articles on a variety of subjects. http://www.dennispowersbooks.com/index.html
Keith Scales has been continuously active in the Pacific Northwest from 1970 as a freelance actor, director, teacher, designer, organizer and writer. He began his career in the theatre by playing Touchstone in a Shakespeare in the Parks performance in Portland. He continued to act with that company until 1975 when he assumed the position of artistic director, in which capacity he served until 1982. The Portland Actors Ensemble still exists and Shakespeare in the Parks still thrives in Portland. Keith worked with every theatre in Portland and many in Seattle, garnering numerous local awards for his acting and directing. He has now performed in nearly two hundred plays and directed more than fifty. Since 1993 he has been artistic director of the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon for which, in addition to directing plays and writing grants, he creates new English texts. He is known throughout Oregon and Washington for his Chautauqua programs on W.B.Yeats, Shakespeare, The Greeks, T.S. Eliot and James Joyce, to name a few.
Scales now lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he is concentrating on developing his writing skills. http://keithscales.com/
Erica Wheeler is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in western Massachusetts. With six CD’s to her credit, Erica has headlined clubs from Boston to Berkeley and shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, Greg Brown and more. Her music charted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Gavin Americana Chart and she has been a featured guest on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her most recent CD, Good Summer Rain was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization.
Known for her visual, cinematographic style of songwriting, Erica Wheeler’s songs take listeners on a journey though the American landscape and the lives lived there with poetic beauty and grace. Her music is pure Americana, falling into the categories of folk, country and bluegrass. On stage, armed with an acoustic guitar and her richly expressive voice, Erica is also known for her engaging warmth, colorful stories and hilarious stage patter.
Originally entering college to become a wildlife field biologist, Erica has combined her career as a performing artist with her lifelong interest in natural and cultural history to offer writing workshops and keynote programs in addition to her concert schedule. Entitled The Soulful Landscape, Erica has offered this inspiring and educational pro¬gram at conferences, events and learning centers across the country, from Yosemite National Park (CA) to the National Land Conservation Conference (TN.) www.ericawheeler.com
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Heidi Connolly spent many years in the fields of music and corporate training before finding her perfect niche as a freelancer in the world of words. At Harvard Girl Word Services she offers manuscript critiquing, writing, editing, book design, and self-publishing consulting. She is the co-author of several books and has written a weekly newspaper column focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit. Connolly works with authors from across the country on books of many genres, including science fiction, mystery, fantasy, thrillers, memoirs, and non-fiction, and is known for her ability to “channel” her authors’ messages. She is a seasoned presenter and consultant who speaks regularly to groups and on the radio.
Connolly (who really did go to Harvard) lives in Bandon with her husband Randy. www.harvardgirledits.com.